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It’s the rainy season right now in the Philippines. Fierce winds whip through the trees while heavy droplets of water batter the valleys and coastline. In the mountainous eastern regions they’ll have seen nearly 200 inches of rainfall before the November dry season arrives.
This rain is a very good thing, because it gives life to a semiaquatic staple known as rice, possibly the most important crop across all of Southeast Asia. Rice thrives in these over-watered conditions and forms the basis for countless recipes.
Kraken Congee celebrates the cultural significance and general deliciousness of rice. This Seattle-based popup-turned-permanent eatery built their reputation on a unique ability to marry the Southeast Asian dish congee – a humble rice porridge – with haute cuisine ingredients like pork belly and duck confit.
They’re teaming up with Detroit’s own Sarap – a from-scratch Filipino pop-up concept that reimagines traditional dishes with a seasonal, local twist – for one night only on Monday, Sept. 19 at Brooklyn Street Local. There will be two seatings, at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Kraken Congee started out hosting monthly popup dinners, back in Sept. 2013. They opened a brick-and-mortar location on April 20, 2015 in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square. Sarap traveled to Seattle this summer to co-host a Kasama Dinner at Kraken Congee’s restaurant. Now, it’s the Motor City’s turn to feast on their curiously delicious Asian fare. Garrett Doherty of Kraken Congee will join Dorothy Hernandez and Jake Williams of Sarap in preparing the dinner.
The menu for their epic collaboration is still being finalized, but we do know that Sarap will be creating a brand new dish for the evening featuring smoked chicken adobo. Yummm.
We also expect that congee will be on the menu, given that it’s Kraken’s signature dish. Congee’s mild taste and smooth texture provide the perfect canvas on which to paint a glorious flavor masterpiece. Will they bring crab curry? Maybe their famous pork belly adobo? Or what about five spice duck confit? Whatever they decide to make, we know we’ll be gobbling it down with gusto.
Tickets to the dinner cost $45 per person and are available online.
[UPDATE: The menu for Sarap and Kraken Congee’s dinner is up! Check it out here. It’s full of yuminess.]